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S. Korea global leader in manufacturing, lags in quality of life: data

South Korea ranks among global leaders in such areas as manufacturing, research and development (R&D) and financial wealth, but is middle of the pack in terms of quality of life and labor conditions, a report by an international traders association showed Sunday.The findings based on stati...

Updated : 2014.10.26 11:28

S.Korea police, residents block leaflet launch into North

Police intervened in a tense confrontation between residents of a South Korean border town and activists attempting to send propaganda leaflets into the North Saturday, preventing the launch which had prompted threats of retaliation from Pyongyang.The dispute began near a park in the borde...

Updated : 2014.10.25 15:34

[Weekender] Into the mountains

For many Koreans, there’s one popular, easy way to get out of the country’s nonstop, hypercompetitive society ― hiking. Mountains are everywhere, covering more than two-thirds of Korea. Most are op...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:32

[Weekender] Activist warns against excessive development

Autumn is the best season for hiking and mountain climbing in Korea with the crisp and mild weather, and colorful leaves. But for environmental activists, it is the season that worries them the most.M...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:18

Korean Ebola team to be treated overseas in case of infection

The proposed group of South Korean heath-care workers to be sent to West Africa to care for Ebola patients next month will be taken to medical facilities in the U.S. or in Europe should they get infected by the deadly virus, the South Korean government announced Friday.The decision was ann...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:15

‘1 in 10 foreign female workers sexually harassed’

One in 10 of female migrant workers were sexually harassed while working in South Korea last year, according to Rep. Lee Jasmine’s office.According to Lee, who is the first non-ethnic Korean and naturalized citizen to become a lawmaker in South Korea, 10.7 percent of the female workers fr...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:14

Mobile phones can play role in longevity: study

The use of mobile phones could play a role in increasing the longevity of the elderly, a study said Friday.Professor Kim Jong-in of Wonkwang University led a study aiming to identify the socioeconomic factors at work when a 70-year-old in 1980 gets to live 30 years more, and concluded that...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:14

S. Korea third among OECD members in work-related deaths

South Korea has recorded the third-highest number of workers killed in industrial accidents among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over the past six years, a lawmaker said Friday.Eight per 100,000 workers died in industrial accidents during the 20...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:57

Aide to late Sewol owner indicted for embezzlement

A key aide to the late South Korean shipping tycoon blamed for April's deadly ferry sinking was indicted Friday on charges of embezzlement, prosecutors said.Kim Hye-kyung has been investigated by prosecutors for her alleged role in a series of irregularities believed to have contributed to...

Updated : 2014.10.24 14:21

Group of expat women in Seoul to host annual bazaar in Nov.

The biggest group of expatriate women in South Korea said Friday it will hold an annual bazaar in November in Seoul as part of its charity fundraising activities.The Seoul International Women's Association (SIWA) said it plans to hold a one-day bazaar on Nov. 10 at the 63 Convention Center...

Updated : 2014.10.24 11:56

S. Korea to release multi-language videos on Dokdo sovereignty

The foreign ministry is set to release to the public new video clips in several foreign languages to stress South Korea's territorial sovereignty over Dokdo, a set of rocky islets in the East Sea, officials said Friday.The video clips dubbed in seven foreign languages will be posted on the...

Updated : 2014.10.24 10:16

[Graphic News] Unhealthy teen habits getting worse

Roughly 1 in 7 male students in middle and high school smoke, a recent report by the state-run Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed.The study on 80,000 students across Korea showed ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:15

Top prosecutor reiterates SNS libel crackdown

Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae clarified Thursday that the investigative authority would not scrap its position to take stern punitive measures against defamation by the Internet and mobile users.Kim, however, admitted that the prosecution had caused unnecessary controversy involving the a...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:13

Deranged man suspected of killing parents

Police said Thursday they are investigating a 39-year-old man who allegedly confessed to killing his parents after showing symptoms of mental illness.The man, identified only by his surname Lee, is suspected of stabbing his parents to death in their home in eastern Daejeon, 164 kilometers ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Seoul to check safety of vents

Seoul kicked off a two-week safety inspection on ventilation facilities in the city, officials said Thursday.The inspection is in response to last week’s accident at a concert in Pangyo Techno Valley...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12